- Gig Harbor Living Local
By Colin Anderson | Photo by Tina McCail
Austin Hansen, Senior Peninsula High School
Austin Hansen enjoys a good challenge. The Peninsula High School senior competed hard on both the basketball and football teams all four years of school. In the classroom he took several Advanced Placement classes, and in after-school activities, he’s an active participant in DECA—a competitive program designed to teach high school students to become leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. When he’s not busy with school and sports, he enjoys the natural surroundings he’s grown up in. “I love pretty much every hobby that has to do with being outside: snowboarding, wakeboarding, running, snowmobiling, dirt bike riding. I just love being active and seeing new things,” he stated.
Some of Austin’s favorite subjects in school include science and math. “It is very interesting to me to learn the formulas that solve difficult problems. I like being able to break down the mystery behind complicated things,” he said. Austin says he’s had some really great teachers who have been a big influence on him and how his future will likely shape out. “Mr. Newton taught me so much in class and is always there any time I need to talk to someone. Mrs. Balera really helped inspire my love of science my freshman year. She made a really challenging class fun.”
On Sundays, Austin enjoys taking his grandmother to church. That will become a little more difficult come fall when he enrolls in college, where he plans on joining an Air Force ROTC program. After completing a four-year degree, he wants to join the Air Force and begin training as a pilot. “I am interested in anything that has to do with flying. I am excited about the structure that the Air Force will provide in my life. My long-term goal is to be a commercial pilot. I can’t wait to travel the world and see all the amazing different places and people,” he said.